Taraba killings: Why Wadume escaped, Policemen were killed – Panel


The board of inquiry set up to investigate the circumstances that led to the killing of police operatives in Taraba, has identified lack of inter-agency cooperation as cause of the incident.

 Acting director, Defence Information, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement Tuesday in Abuja, said the seven-man panel had submitted its report to the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin.

Nwachukwu said Olonisakin has constituted the panel following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari for an immediate investigation into the unfortunate incident.

The troops of Nigerian Army had on August 6 killed three police personnel and two civilians along Ibi-Wukari Road in Taraba.

Nwachukwu said  the board of inquiry led by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya, comprised one representative each from the Defence Headquarters, Nigerian Army (NA), Nigerian Navy (NN) and Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

Other members, according to him, are the Defence Intelligence Agency, Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Department of State Service (DSS).

He said the incident gave rise to serious concern by the federal government, the military and police high command.

He stated further that  after a thorough and painstaking investigation into the incident, the Board of Inquiry (BOI) in its report to the convening authority observed that there were infractions and poor communication between personnel of the NPF and troops of the NA.

“It was also observed that there was non-adherence to the Standard Operating Procedure by both parties involved in the incident.

“It further made some recommendations to the NA and NPF to forestall future reoccurrence and bring anyone culpable to book in accordance with extant laws.

“The BOI also recommended that the NA and NPF should further investigate Captain Tijani Balarabe, Sergeant Ibrahim Mohammed, Captain Bartholomew Obanye, Divisional Crime Officer (DCO), Ibi Police Division, ASP Aondoona Iorbee, and Inspector Aliyu Dadje for complacency and necessary disciplinary measures.

“It was also recommended that further investigation be conducted on Hamisu Bala for gunrunning and possibly kidnapping, in order to prosecute the suspect,” he said.

The defence spokesperson added that the panel also recommended that the services and other security agencies established an Interagency Liaison Desk to include senior officers for timely resolution of future misdemeanour.


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